Gisselle Mejia

Gisselle Mejía is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies plant and soil interactions in urban forests. Her research interests include forest and urban ecology, plant community development, soil nutrient processes, and natural resource management. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Gisselle was a forester at the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, where she managed green infrastructure and street planting projects, and conducted tree risk assessments. She holds a Master’s of Science from Michigan Technological University in Forestry and served in the U.S. Peace Corps as part of the Master’s International Program. She completed her thesis research on small-scale woodlot management in the highlands of El Salvador (Central America), while she served as an agroforestry extensionist.


Gisselle is a NYC native from Washington Heights, and enjoys hiking NYC’s natural areas in her spare time.


G.A. Mejia, P.M. Groffman, A.E. Downey, E.M. Cook, S. Sritrairat, R. Karty, M.I. Palmer, and T. McPhearson. Nitrogen Cycling Drives Success in Urban Afforestation in New York City. Ecological Applications, 2022, 32, e2535.

A.E. Downey,  P.M. Groffman, G.A. Mejía, E.M. Cook, S. Sritrairat, R. Karty, M.I. Palmer, and T. McPhearson. Soil Carbon Sequestration in Urban Afforestation Sites in New York City. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2021, 65, 127342.